On January 21, 2020, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II and the Presidents of the MECC inaugurated the sessions of the Executive Committee of the MECC, hosted by the Greek Orthodox Church of Cyprus on behalf of the Orthodox Family of Churches.
His Holiness, along with His Beatitude John X, Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Antioch and All the East, His Beatitude Cardinal Mar Louis Raphael Sako, Patriarch of Babylon for Chaldeans, Rev. Dr. Habib Badr, Senior Pastor of the National Evangelical Church of Beirut, as well as Dr. Souraya Bachaalany, Acting Secretary General of MECC, presided over the inaugural session.
After the opening prayer, Dr. Bachaalany gave a welcome speech in which she thanked His Beatitude Archbishop Chrysostomos II, Archbishop of Cyprus, and the Greek Orthodox Church of Cyprus for hosting the meeting. She also announced the appointment of Mr. Adel Syryany as the Associate General Secretary of MECC for the Oriental Orthodox Churches Family replacing Fr. Jimmy Danho. She also spoke about the working groups as well as the scheduled agenda of the meeting of the Executive Committee.
His Eminence Mor Theophilus Georges Saliba, Archbishop of Lebanon and Member of the Executive Committee of MECC, Very Rev. Raban Joseph Bali, Patriarchal Secretary and Media Office Director, and Mr. Adel Syryany, the Associate General Secretary of MECC for the Oriental Orthodox Churches Family, were also present.